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A Survey of User Perspectives on Security and Privacy in a Home Networking Environment

Pattnaik, Nandita, Li, Shujun, Nurse, Jason R. C. (2023) A Survey of User Perspectives on Security and Privacy in a Home Networking Environment. ACM Computing Surveys, 55 (9). 180:1-180:38. ISSN 0360-0300. E-ISSN 1557-7341. (doi:10.1145/3558095) (KAR id:98166)

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The security and privacy of smart home systems, particularly from a home user’s perspective, have been a very active research area in recent years. However, via a meta-review of 52 review papers covering related topics (published between 2000 and 2021), this paper shows a lack of a more recent literature review on user perspectives of smart home security and privacy since the 2010s. This identified gap motivated us to conduct a systematic literature review (SLR) covering 126 relevant research papers published from 2010 to 2021. Our SLR led to the discovery of a number of important areas where further research is needed; these include holistic methods that consider a more diverse and heterogeneous range of home devices, interactions between multiple home users, complicated data flow between multiple home devices and home users, some less-studied demographic factors, and advanced conceptual frameworks. Based on these findings, we recommended key future research directions, e.g., research for a better understanding of security and privacy aspects in different multi-device and multi-user contexts, and a more comprehensive ontology on the security and privacy of the smart home covering varying types of home devices and behaviors of different types of home users.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1145/3558095
Uncontrolled keywords: General Computer Science, Theoretical Computer Science
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Computing
Funders: University of Kent (
Depositing User: Nandita Pattnaik
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2022 11:36 UTC
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2023 11:21 UTC
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